Jasper Johns, ‘Untitled 1988’, 1988, Robert Fontaine Gallery

Born in 1930 in Augusta, Georgia, Jasper Johns has been a central figure in contemporary art since he arrived in New York in the early 1950s. He soon formed relationships with Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage and Merce Cunningham, and began to make paintings that appropriated popular iconography—the American flag, targets, numbers, and letters—quickly announcing himself as an important new artist. The Museum of Modern Art purchased three pieces from Johns' first one-person exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery in 1958. He is best known for his painting Flag (1954–55), which he painted after having a dream of the American flag. His work is often described as Neo-Dadaism, as opposed to Pop Art, even though his subject matter often includes images and objects from popular culture. Johns lives and works in Sharon, Connecticut and the island of St. Martin.

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About Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns's ongoing stylistic and technical experimentation place him at the forefront of American art. His richly textured paintings of maps, flags, numbers, and targets laid the groundwork for Pop art, Minimalism, and Conceptual art. In New York in the 1950s, Johns was part of a community of artists, including Robert Rauschenberg, seeking an alternative to the emotional nature of Abstract Expressionism. Influenced by Marcel Duchamp, Johns's early work paired the concerns of craft with familiar concrete imagery. His interest in process also led to innovations in lithography, screen-printing, etching and woodblock, using such materials as pencil, pen, brush, crayon, wax, and plaster to constantly challenge the technical possibilities of printmaking.

American, b. 1930, Augusta, Georgia, based in New York, New York